The elegant new address boasts an accessible brasserie that is open all day long, Mon. - Sat., offering breakfast, lunch, or dinner highlighted by a lunch menu of 26€ (2 plates) or 34€ ( 3 plates). Things get serious in the evening in the back room, offering high cuisine a la Les Magnolias. There you have two options: a menu confiance priced at 76€ and a more formidable menu degustation at 98€. Take the latter if you haven't eaten for a couple days; Co. and I found the lower-priced alternative to be more than ample, especially in light of M. Chauvel's penchant for bringing out surprises along the way. In fact, it is all surprises for dinner - unlike the brasserie, which does actually boast a descriptive carte, the most you are told regarding the high-class dinners is 'you'll find out.' If you don't like surprises, stick to the brasserie.
I had a sneak preview of 3B back in March after accepting an invite to attend a pre-opening open house. The Chauvel's have a lot of friends and the warm atmosphere sensed then has apparently carried over to the new restaurant. It's the early days for the back room, but Co. and I were eager to try.
|from the March open house|
And check out the size of the kitchen - I want one like that.
|The 3B kitchen|
As for dinner, the menu confiance included some Les Magnolias souveniers along with some new inventive twists:
|mise en bouche1|
|mise en bouche 2 - cucumbers|
|The homard entree - without question, a highlight|
|One of those surprises I was talking about - to accompany the homard, an amazing plate of Asian noodles covering some caille eggs, along with a sweet potato to drink|
|If you're familiar with Les Magnolias, this is probably a favorite - M. Chauvel's famous ham and cheese sandwich in a glass|
|For the main plate you choose - fish or meat. This is meat (beef)|
|And this would be the fish - St. Pierre, along with anisette-flavored asparagus|
|A couple familiar accompaniments for the plate - the mustard macaroon and mashed potatoes - two more favorite carry-overs from Les Magnolias|
|A nice little cheese interlude leading up to dessert|
|Dessert, part 1|
|Dessert, part 2, and yes, that is mint-flavored cotton candy|
|A closer look at dessert, part 2|
Overall, a great meal. It would have been nice to see fewer Les Magnolias favorites - even though they are favorites - and some new novelties, especially for the main plates, which were more conservative offerings than I have come to expect from a Jean Chauvel kitchen. It's early and it will be interesting to see how the restaurant evolves over the next year. Unfortunately, I can't comment on the brasserie, though a friend who works in the bustling neighborhood mentioned that the place is plenty busy at lunch time. Whichever option you choose, other than the bar and lounge - you should be attentive to the 3Rs - reserve, reserve, reserve. It's going to get tough once word gets around.
3B Brasserie Boulogne Billancourt
33 ave du General Leclerc
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
tel: 01 55 60 79 95